Major weight loss loosens skin all over the body. Unfortunately skin tone is not something diet, exercise, lasers, or creams can improve. A body lift primarily improves the abdomen, buttocks, and outer thighs. It goes 360 degrees around the body, incorporating an abdominoplasty, a lateral thigh lift, and a buttock lift. The scar runs low in the front near the pubis, and then curves up a little higher along the back. (Imagine a string bikini line.) Recovery is two to three weeks.
A body lift is a significant procedure. It requires 5 hours in the operating room and a 2 night stay in the hospital following surgery. During this procedure skin and fat are removed from the waist, outer thigh, and abdomen. The buttocks are repositioned. The abdominal muscles are tightened. Liposuction is used where needed for fat removal and to aid in contour.
Sometimes an extended abdominoplasty is a better surgery, due to smaller scar and easier recovery. There is no right answer. Decision making depends on your goals and your body shape. How toned do you want to be? What amount of scar is okay? What amount of surgery is okay? How is your health?
A body lift primarily improves the abdomen, buttocks, and outer thighs.
– Dr. Greenberg